Another Pair of Shorts for the Kiddo!

So yesterday I told you how stubborn I am. Last night, I switched gears and just followed a pattern! ahhhh….Nice and easy!

Last night I used another one of Dana’s tutorials. Only this time I used it. Not just look at the pictures of the finished project and then go and try to recreate what she did! This time it was the Retro Racer Shorts!

Well, I don’t feel like I was very creative this Celebrate the Boy week, but hey, I got some projects off the to-do list and that’s ok by me!

What are your plans for the weekend??? Anything fun? how about a game of kick ball???

Seersucker Shorts and a bit of Stubbornness

I have to say I am so glad to have run across Celebrate the Summer Boy! Even though I had plans to quilt and make some pillowcase dresses, this was the perfect opportunity for me to actually make some of the boy things I have had on my to-do-list!

Last night I made these seersucker shorts for the kiddo!

I didn’t use dana-made-it’s tutorial for Kids Pants with Pockets (hence the stubbornness, but more about that later), but it did inspire these!

I wanted bright yellow pockets, but I didn’t have any yellow fabric, so we ended up with orange. Which ended up pretty cute!

So the stubbornness thing…. I don’t know why I am so stubborn. I don’t mean to be… I just am. Yes, I admit it, I’m stubborn. So last night as I was making these, I wanted to do the flat front, which I totally know how to do, but I confused myself…. Now how easy would it have been to just look up another of Dana’s tutorials, the Kids Pants with Flat Front, and read it??? But no, I went back and forth with a few different ways to do it before I finally settled on my way.

Oh, and back to the pockets. Again, the stubborn thing. I had seen Dana’s tutorial and wanted to make some. But I didn’t need a tutorial for the pockets. So what did I do??  I made the pockets my way last night and then went and read her tutorial today! hehehe….

Tonight I’m thinking about making more shorts or some ‘underpants’ as my son calls them. He’s still in diapers, but wants underpants. I’m taking that as a good sign. Any suggestions???

A Summer Bucket Hat with Tutorial

Remember that old shirt and pile of scraps from yesterday’s teaser? Well, say Bye Bye… Those are no longer just an old shirt and a pile of scraps! They have come back to life as this adorable reversible summer bucket hat for the kiddo!

This was supposed to be completed before we went to the beach.. But it didn’t quite happen. I had planned to have it done and write you a tutorial, but…. So then I got excited about the Celebrate the Boy Summer Edition and decided this was going to be my first project! Imagine my surprise when it was Rae’s first project of the week too! I promise I wasn’t copying, just a funny coincidence!

I’m really excited about it! I made the pattern and figured out the process all by myself. Not that it’s a hard project at all, but… It came together just right on the first try. And it fits! Too bad I can’t get the little guy to model it for ya. He just wasn’t in the mood for pictures this morning. But we both agree that we like the plaid side best!

It’s so very simple, just a bit time-consuming with the pinning. (Honestly, I’m not a fan of pinning. I try to avoid it at all costs. But the perfectionist in me knows that sometimes the extra time is worth it!)

And the tutorial…

Summer Bucket Hat Tutorial

Materials:

Pattern

Fabric

Thread

Scissors

Step 1: Print the pattern. The pattern fits my 2.5 year old with a large head! I measured another of his hats (I always get confused about exactly where to measure his head, so I just measured a hat!) and got a circumference of 20.5 inches. Download the pattern here. Cut the fabric. The pattern includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 2: Sew the two sides together. Topstitching, optional… Repeat for the inside and outside fabrics.

Step 3: Pin the top to the sides, right sides together, and sew. Repeat for the inside and outside fabrics.

Step 4: Pin the rim to the sides, right sides together, and sew. Repeat for the inside and outside fabrics.

Step 5: Pin the two sides together, right sides together, and sew. Leave a hole to pull through. Notch the fabric to help it lay flat.

Step 6: Topstitch the edge of the rim. I continued with more top stitching. Lastly topstitch at edge of sides.

Done! Simple! Lovely! Are you ready for a picnic???

If you make one from my pattern, please be sure to add a picture to the Feelin’ Crafty Flickr page!

98% Good News, 2% Bad News

First, lets start with the Good News…

Good News Part 1,

I’M DONE WITH MY EXAMS!!

WooooWho!!! I can’t really believe that I’m done. When I started on my ARE testing journey (almost 5 years ago. yes, it took me that long…)  it was 9 exams, but I took so long they changed the testing procedures to 7 exams. So my process should have been 8 exams since I got stuck in the middle of the different formats and on top of that, I didn’t pass them all the first time. ANYWAY…. If you remember back just a bit ago, I had to try to stop being crafty to study. Well, it all paid off and I’m finally done!

I just have to summarize some laws and pay more and I’ll be a real life Licensed Architect!

The funny thing is that my husband realized it first. I just knew that I had failed my last exam. Would have bet money on it. But the night we got home from vacation, the letter was on top of huge pile of mail. I opened it and he started reading over my shoulder. The letter said, ‘Congratulations on completing the ARE….’ So my husband started cheering, ‘You passed! You’re Done!!!’ But I didn’t see where it said the oh so important words, PASS, so I kept looking. A bit in disbelief, I kept looking and looking. I finally saw the words PASS!! Then I started jumping up and down and crying! I don’t know why I didn’t believe the first sentence of the letter, but either way, I’m done. I no longer have to listen to that little voice in the back of my head saying, ‘You should be studying, not crafting or sewing or doing anything fun with your family!’

And since I don’t have that voice anymore, here’s my to do list…

Pick back up with my scrapbooks, starting with my wedding 5 years ago

Make a vest for my son

Finish 2 quilts

Make a bunch of pants/shorts for my son

Finish the fishing game I started

Update my blog design

Set up my husband with a blog

Design and Decorate my son’s playroom

Make a light Fixture for my son’s playroom

Learn to upholster

Paint our ugly Sideboard

Do a Little Landscaping

Decorate our Campsite (make it a ‘Glamp’site)

Make a Sandbox

I’m sure there’s more, but this will do for now….

 

Good News Part 2…

It’s a mini Celebrate the Boys week 

Hosted be Made By Rae and Dana Made It!

I almost missed it! I’m so glad I saw it so that I can get some Boys projects done that I meant to get done during Kids Clothes Week Challenge before I left for vacation. (The fabrics were all still piled up on my cutting table when I got back.)

Here’s a teaser….

 

What would you make with these fabrics??? You’ll find out tomorrow what I am making with them!

And this brings me to the bad news…

Party Time Posts are being Postponed…

I had mentioned that this week was going to start a couple of weeks of Party Posts… Well, I’m not quite ready and the Boys Week showed up, so I’m going to postpone the Party Posts for a week. But not to worry, they will come! They will come with interviews, giveaways, photos and tutorials!

Check me out on Madigan Made today!

Very Cool! Remember the monster towel tutorial I did?

madigan made feature button

Well, it’s being featured over on Madigan Made today! Check out her blog while you’re there. There’s some other really cool tutorials to check out! Thanks for featuring me, it’s an honor!

Starting next week, we’re going to have some party fun! So be sure to check back (or subscribe!)

 

Process Pledge- Quilt #4

Today is the last day of vacation and we’re headed home… Back to the real world… So I’m keeping it brief today.

Just wanted to share a little of the process of Quilt #3. I brought it all on vacation with me and was going to get it done and give it to the recipient in person. But…. That didn’t quite work out! I had it all cut, but none of it put together as we packed for our vacation. Then once we were here, time passed quickly and it didn’t even get started.

Then one day, I said, ‘Why not start?? I won’t finish, but I can start…’ And that’s just what I did. The front is done! Well, the background. I still have to add the appliques….